Humans of Seven Lakes: Erin Kuykendall


“The most impactful person in my life is my mom because she works harder than anyone I know. She’s always done anything to give me the best opportunities and she supports me whatever I want to do. I deeply value staying true to yourself instead of doing what others want you to and coming clean even when you know you’ve done something wrong. Throughout high school, I’ve learned to not hold onto friendships or relationships that don’t benefit the both of you. Don’t stay together just because it’s comfortable and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. On the topic of putting yourself out there, a secret nobody knows about me is I fall asleep watching Disney channel every night because I’m really scared of the dark. My most embarrassing moment was when I was in first through about second grade and I used to take dance classes and I was really bad and we were doing these turns and I was on a stage maybe five feet off the ground and I spun right off the stage and hit my head.

I’m going to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California because of their program for acting on camera which is what I want to do. it’s in LA where I think you would have the most opportunity to be in films around the area. I want to be a film actress but if that doesn’t work out, I want to do something with psychology, which is my other major. I want to work in research institutions for the mentally unstable rather than one on one conversation with patients.

I would say I’m extroverted because I’m in theatre so I have to put myself out there but I still freak out everytime I have to go onstage and I practice my lines in my head like 30 times. I first got into theatre was when my mom forced me to be in “Hansel and Gretel” and I was like 7 and I got casted as a squirrel. Then a girl came late to auditions but the show had already been casted so they made another squirrel and  took half of my lines and I was so mad. That’s when I realized I cared about theatre and wanted to continue doing it. One of my favorite parts I’ve ever played was Pugsley in “The Addams Family” it was really fun because it was so different from anything I’ve ever done. And out of all the productions I’ve been in I think “Big Fish” was my favorite production. I think it’s one of the most impactful show I’ve ever been apart it just had a really good effect on the audience, so that was cool to be apart of. My most difficult role I’ve ever played was a role called Katrin in a show called “Mother Courage” and it had no lines because she was mute so there were a bunch of scenes where I was just supposed to be groaning and yelling but not saying real words. A lot of things happened to that character too so I had to show that but I couldn’t express it in words. Fortunately I’ve never had a big mess up of my own  but the biggest mess up I’ve witnessed was this scene one of the guys I was on stage with started throwing up on stage. This other character told the sick kid to go off stage during the middle of the scene and so me and that guy had to improve a bunch of the lines and try to and say the other characters lines for him. Something theatre taught me that I think will carry on with me even after high school is to not care about what anyone thinks and don’t let yourself be embarrassed for being yourself. And to all the underclassman in theatre, don’t get discouraged if you don’t make it into shows your first few years. I didn’t get a lead role until my junior year. Just keep practicing and auditioning to make yourself known.”